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9th February 2018
Charles II & Palace House

Charles II & Palace House

Palace House is steeped in royal history, this blog looks at how Charles II chose to settle on Newmarket to build his sporting palace and stables. 6th September 1651 Charles and Colonel Carlis a royalist officer, hide amongst the branches of an Oak tree at Boscobel House. Fear made their hearts beat furiously. They could hear and see the Roundhead soldiers searching t…

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9th February 2018
The 2007 Winter Derby

The 2007 Winter Derby

When visitors climb the stairs to the Trainer's House at the National Heritage Centre there is a very large vibrant photograph of the 2007 Winter Derby which was won by Gentleman’s Deal. Gentleman’s Deal, by Danehill, is the horse in the centre of the photograph (his rider Paul Mulrennan is wearing a yellow cap).  He was trained by Mick Easterby in Yorkshire. Li…

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9th February 2018
Mill Reef - Early Career

Mill Reef - Early Career

Named after a stretch of coastline near owner and American philanthropist Paul Mellon’s winter home in Antigua, Mill Reef was foaled at his Rokeby stud in Virginia on 23 February 1968. To celebrate the incredible career of the 1971 Derby and Arc winner we have lined up a series of Q&A blogs during the year with his trainer Ian Balding. Our first blog features hi…

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9th February 2018
Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Newmarket is a fascinating place to visit. It is rich in history and heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside and home to some of the most famous names in horseracing. However, arguably the most interesting thing about our town is the many unique and often quirky characteristics that you may not have known existed. For example, did you know that horses have right…

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28th January 2018
Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

From Racehorse to Riding Horse - find out how Jonnie Skull has done since he retired from the racetrack. Jonnie Skull began the Retaining of Racehorses (RoR) programme at Palace House Newmarket in October following his retirement from the racetrack earlier in the summer. Since arriving at Palace House he has flourished and is enjoying life outside of racing. Jonnie S…

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26th January 2018
West Tip - A National Hero

West Tip - A National Hero

We look back at the career of a National Hero, West Tip West Tip was named after the Irish Hurling team – West Tipperary, was trained by Michael Oliver and owned by Peter Luff throughout his entire career. His racing life almost ended before it started, for as a five-year-old when being ridden out, a lorry caught him on his hind quarters resulting in a gash that r…

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20th January 2018
A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

In late November last year former National Hunt jockey Richard Linley visited The National Heritage Centre. Now employed as the British Horseracing Authority's Senior Inspector of Courses working with a team of three other Inspectors we asked him about the complexities of this crucial role.   How did you get the job and how long have you been in the role? Having…

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11th January 2018
A Bird's Eye Review of 2017

A Bird's Eye Review of 2017

Who will be the horseracing stars of 2018? Will it be Sizing John or Might Bite at the Cheltenham Festival, Enable or even the Aussie wonder mare Winx at Royal Ascot.  Can anyone stop Aidan O'Brien winning the Blue Riband at Epsom? Thanks to Darren Bird aka Birdie, racing's premier cartoonist, we look back at the racing year of 2017. January Colin Tizzard was settin…

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23rd December 2017
Captain Christy - a stalwart of the 70s

Captain Christy - a stalwart of the 70s

If there was ever a horse in the 1970s who polarised opinions, it was Captain Christy. He featured in an era which regularly had three top class chasers going head to head, in Pendil, Captain Christy and The Dikler but the one that shined brightest was Captain Christy. Often described as the “enfant terrible” of chasing, he was like the proverbial spotty teenager…

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13th December 2017
Swan at the Sales

Swan at the Sales

In our latest blog, we asked nine time former Irish National Hunt Champion Jockey Charlie Swan about the business of the sales ring. How many days before a sale do you arrive and what pre-planning do you do researching the horse's breeding? I like to be there a full day before the sales start.  I would have gone through the breeding before. You know the sires, the d…

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